Showbiz

Global stars line up to sing Peres’s praises

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

A star-studded international extravaganza in Jerusalem this week celebrated President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday and served as a reminder of his 65 years of service to the state and his undying vision of peace for Israel and its neighbours.

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Express delivery: Richard Desmond's mission to rabbi’s Pinsk orphanage

By Richard Desmond, June 20, 2013

Throughout my life, I have always felt a responsibility to help many charities — UK based, those in Third World countries and Jewish causes worldwide. Rarely a day passes when I don’t get a call from someone telling me about another commendable organisation that needs help — and they all genuinely do.

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‘Uri Geller used mind powers to aid Mossad’

By Bernard Josephs, June 19, 2013

Celebrity psychic Uri Geller, famous for his spoon-bending and mind-reading antics, was a secret agent for the CIA according to a film to be screened by the BBC this autumn.

Entitled The Secret life of Uri Geller – Psychic Spy?, the documentary claims that Mr Geller used his telepathic and psychic powers in a number of key CIA operations during the Cold War.

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Sting to perform in Auschwitz

By Sandy Rashty, June 18, 2013

British pop icon Sting is set to perform as the guest of honour at the annual Auschwitz peace festival this month.

The Life Festival, which is supported by human rights organisation Amnesty International, will also showcase educational exhibitions on human rights issues.

Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, has previously performed in Tel Aviv and also collaborated on songs for Palestine.

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Streisand distressed by strictly Orthodox treatment of women

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2013

Barbra Streisand has spoken out against the treatment of Israeli women by strictly Orthodox Jews.

The singer, who was receiving an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, used her speech to voice concerns over what she regarded as recent incidents of sexism in the country.

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Pet Shop Boys defy boycotters to play in Israel

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2013

Pet Shop Boys will perform in Tel Aviv later this week after defying anti-Israel activists’ calls for them to pull out of a planned concert.

Pop stars Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said that while they opposed “crude and cruel defence policies” of the Israeli government, comparisons with apartheid South Africa were “a caricature”.

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Simpsons' Harry Shearer to star in UK play with Maureen Lipman

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

Simpsons star Harry Shearer is to make his theatre debut in UK, appearing in a comic love story alongside Maureen Lipman.

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Russell Brand to tour synagogues and mosques in Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Eccentric comedian Russell Brand will embark on a new comedy tour with a Jewish twist.

The Essex-born star is set to visit an array of synagogues and mosques in the Middle East as part of a new comedy show that will “dissect religion” and the lives of religious leaders.

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'Genius' Francine Lewis loses out in Britain's Got Talent final

June 7, 2013

Celebrity impressionist Francine Lewis failed in her bid to win Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night, despite promising "to perform like I've never performed before" and winning lavish praise from the judges.

Hungarian shadow-mime artists Attraction claimed top spot in the final of the ITV talent show. They win a prize of £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Show.

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